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Elliott out, Cristobal in the mix on ‘As the Tide’s OL Job Turns’

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Speculation still continues to swirl around the lone vacancy on Nick Saban‘s Alabama coaching staff, with one rumored candidate out of the mix and a new one apparently in.

Just last night, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier acknowledged that the Tide had “a little bit of interest” in Gamecocks offensive line coach Shawn Elliott.  Even today, speculation was that Elliott had already interviewed for the Tide vacancy.

Regardless of whether or not that was the case, Spurrier won’t have to be worried about his own vacancy as Elliott confirmed in a statement Friday afternoon that he will remain in Columbia.

“It was a great honor to be considered for a coaching position at the University of Alabama, but I feel it’s in the best interest of me and my family to remain at South Carolina,” Elliott stated. “We’ve had a lot of success here over the past three years and I’m committed to being part of that continued success for many years. I’m proud to be a Gamecock.”

Miami’s Al Golden, though, might not be as lucky as Spurrier.

According to, Hurricanes assistant Mario Cristobal is in Tuscaloosa and will interview for the Tide job either today or tomorrow.  Cristobal was just added to Golden’s staff last month as associate head coach/tight ends coach.

Unexpectedly fired by FIU following the 2012 season, Cristobal has been a line coach twice in his 15-year collegiate coaching career — at Miami in 2006 and Rutgers in 2003.  He had served as FIU’s head coach for six years.

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6 Responses to “Elliott out, Cristobal in the mix on ‘As the Tide’s OL Job Turns’”
  1. rolltide510 says: Feb 15, 2013 5:37 PM

    This would be perfect. Alabama needs to replace Stoutland as both an OL coach and a South Florida recruiter.

  2. canehouse says: Feb 15, 2013 6:45 PM

    Geez… Can’t Saban stay away from the U for assistant coaches?

  3. chachooga says: Feb 15, 2013 7:49 PM

    lets see how the sanctions come down on Bama??? rumor or on its way…who knows.

  4. jason1214 says: Feb 15, 2013 10:16 PM

    Keep waiting for those gosh darn “imaginary” sanctions people…RTR

  5. lasseter1113 says: Feb 16, 2013 8:16 AM

    So it’s Saturday ChaChooga and still no press conference IMAGINE THAT!!! Lmao, do me a favor, all the people hoping for these mystery sanctions, take a deep breath and hold it until they come…

  6. irishdodger says: Feb 16, 2013 1:59 PM

    Outlets should receive some sort of repercussion for recklessly reporting libelous info on institutions. I dot care if its Bama or Jacksonville St….it’s not fair to the school/team/fanbase.

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